First it was the Roman Catholic church where hundreds upon hundreds of children and nuns were sexually abused by its clergy. By many protestant denominations the Roman Catholic church was seen as the handmaiden of Satan.
At the very opposite end of the religious spectrum the holier than thou, Southern Baptists. Arch critics of Catholicism and most others outside of their orbit. Have been up to some of the same shenanigans for decades.
Its been reported that likely that most religious denomination are going to take a hit.
It seems that their major concern is that the controversy will boost the ranks of young people, who already are disillusioned with organized religion. Forcing many of them to collapse financially. For this Padre, that’s good news because the church is a well organized institution of mostly fraudulent practitioners. Whose various schemes have made many of them wealthy at the expense of those, who couldn’t afford to be scammed. And who apparently thought that their perceived elevation allowed them to use innocent children as their play things.
Decades ago this Padre, having discovered the hypocrisy of that institution packed his bags and left the organized church for a street ministry. This I can attest, no child was ever harmed nor any woman raped. The journey hasn’t been perfect but it has been pure. Instead hundreds have been helped. And both children, and women have been well served. To this very day.
Be turned off to churchism, but not to Jesus Christ because the Christ life is the best life to live. Note carefully. “And, without controversy great is the mystery of godliness. God was manifested in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.” See 1 Timothy 3:16. In simple words. that Christ life must be experienced to be understood. Verse 16, is the primer to that understanding.
What we are experiencing it’s recorded. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.” See 1 Timothy 4:1. Most likely, the church across the street or around the corner.
A whole lot more is available to be shared. Found through the Contact Us link on my Home page. Individual, or private home settings work well. As do forums, where the public can meet.
You will not be asked to join Church for Sanctuary because its a church without walls or membership. Just helpfulness at no cost to seekers at anytime or at any place.
Yes, in addition to more familiar and comfortable places as aforementioned. Other places of ministry by this Padre. Include interstate exits where panhandlers can be found. At gas stations and shopping centers and in wooded areas from where the disenfranchised emerge. Places called home for some of the homeless. And found patronizing such establishments for various reasons. They also need to experience the diffused fragrance of Christ. See 2 Corinthians 2:15-16.
Helpfulness in its many shades beats the ugliness of abusiveness in its many shades.